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  • Don't ask, don't tell [details Jesse Jackson's anti-Jewish remarks](Rush's Accusers Part 5 of 5)

    10/14/2009 7:56:11 PM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 6 replies · 590+ views
    Salon ^ | August 2000 | Jake Tapper
    It's tough to imagine this year's Republican National Convention featuring a prime-time speaker who once said that that "Zionism is a kind of poisonous weed that is choking Judaism." Or that he was "sick and tired of hearing about the Holocaust." Or that traditional Democratic support for Israel is because of "the Jewish element in the party ... a kind of glorified form of bribery." And certainly not if he had ever referred to Jews as "Hymies" and New York as "Hymietown." The Rev. Jesse Jackson, of course, has made all of these comments, and more.
  • 'World Leader' to Obama: Explain Why 'They're Putting a Hitler Moustache On You'

    09/27/2009 5:30:49 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 42 replies · 3,334+ views
    ABC News ^ | Sept. 27, 2009 | Jake Tapper
    President Obama at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation dinner last night, discussing false claims made about the health care reform bill, told a little anecdote. "I was up at the G20 -- just a little aside -- I was up at the G20, and some of you saw those big flags and all the world leaders come in and Michelle and I are shaking hands with them," the president said. "One of the leaders -- I won't mention who it was -- he comes up to me. We take the picture, we go behind. "He says, 'Barack, explain to me...
  • Civil Liberties Activists Embrace 'Law & Order' Season Premiere (Gag & Ack)

    09/26/2009 1:19:57 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 27 replies · 1,217+ views
    ABCNews.com/Political Punch ^ | 09/26/09 | Jake Tapper
    As we all know, in the criminal justice system, the people are represented by two separate yet equally important groups: the police who investigate crime and the district attorneys who prosecute the offenders. Last night's episode of television's longest running drama -- NBC's "Law & Order" -- featured District Attorney Jack McCoy prosecuting a John Yoo-esque Bush administration Justice Department attorney for writing a legal memo authorizing the torture of detainees. "Jack, you want to prosecute a member of the Bush administration for assaulting suspected terrorists?" McCoy is asked in the season premiere episode, titled "Memo from the Dark Side."...
  • Obama Justice Department -- Gingerly, This Time -- Files Brief Against Same Sex Marriage

    09/18/2009 8:09:59 PM PDT · by pillut48 · 6 replies · 615+ views
    Political Punch/Jake Tapper's ABC Blog ^ | September 18, 2009 8:20 PM | Jake Tapper
    A short time ago, President Obama's Justice Department filed a brief in the U.S. District Court in Massachusetts defending the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which defends the right of states to not recognize same-sex marriages from other states -- a law President Obama opposes. You can read the brief HERE. Unlike the administration's previous filing in June -- which upset gays and lesbians by seeming to compare the illegitimacy of same sex couples to incestuous couples -- this filing states right off the bat that the president opposes DOMA because it is "discriminatory." "The government’s filing continues to make...
  • Democratic Senators Summoned to White House

    09/10/2009 11:46:47 AM PDT · by Nachum · 67 replies · 2,661+ views
    ABC ^ | 9/10/09 | Jake Tapper
    ABC News has learned that President Obama will be meeting with 16 Democratic senators (and one "Independent Democrat") this afternoon at the White House. They are: Senators Mark Pryor and Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas, Mark Warner of Virginia, Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Evan Bayh of Indiana, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Tom Carper of Delaware, Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, Mark Begich of Alaska, Mark Udall and Michael Bennet of Colorado, Ben Nelson of Nebraska, Bill Nelson of Florida, Kay Hagan of North Carolina, Herb Kohl of Wisconsin, and Independent Democrat Joe Lieberman of Connecticut.
  • Some Have “Selective Amnesia” on the Economy, Says Recovery Plan is Working (10% unemployment)

    09/07/2009 3:13:32 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 19 replies · 1,432+ views
    abc ^ | 9/7/2009 | jake tapper
    ABC News’ Rachel Martin and Sunlen Miller Report: President Obama said that on Labor Day it’s time to “reaffirm” the nation’s commitment to rebuild, and declared that the stimulus plan is working. Speaking before the friendly crowd during the annual AFL-CIO Labor Day picnic in Cincinnati Ohio this afternoon, the President said that it’s time to ensure that the middle class remains the backbone of the economy, “not just a vanishing ideal we celebrate a picnics once a year as summer turns to fall.” In rhetoric similar to the campaign trail, the President said this has been is an ideal...
  • [Van Jones]Denies Being Part of 9/11 "Truther" Movement, Apologizes for Past Comments

    09/04/2009 5:43:28 AM PDT · by libstripper · 43 replies · 1,462+ views
    ABC News ^ | September 3, 2009 | Jake Tapper
    [Title was edited to comply with space requirements. Full, accurate title is: "Controversial Obama Administration Official Denies Being Part of 9/11 "Truther" Movement, Apologizes for Past Comments" A top environmental official of the Obama administration issued a statement Thursday apologizing for past incendiary statement and denying that he ever agreed with a 2004 petition on which his name appears, a petition calling for congressional hearings and an investigation by the New York Attorney General into "evidence that suggests high-level government officials may have deliberately allowed the September 11th attacks to occur." Van Jones, the Special Advisor for Green Jobs at...
  • Controversial Obama Administration Official Denies Being Part of 9/11 "Truther" Movement, (LIAR)

    09/03/2009 6:32:36 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 35 replies · 1,396+ views
    ABC ^ | 9/3/2009 | Jake Tapper
    A top environmental official of the Obama administration issued a statement Thursday apologizing for past incendiary statement and denying that he ever agreed with a 2004 petition on which his name appears, a petition calling for congressional hearings and an investigation by the New York Attorney General into "evidence that suggests high-level government officials may have deliberately allowed the September 11th attacks to occur." Van Jones, the Special Advisor for Green Jobs at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, is Number 46 of the petitioners from the so-called "Truther" movement which suggests that people in the administration of President...
  • President Obama to Health Care Reform Opponents: Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness

    08/20/2009 9:58:24 AM PDT · by AuntB · 32 replies · 2,056+ views
    ABC ^ | Aug. 19, 2009 | Jake Tapper
    ABC News’ Jake Tapper and Karen Travers report: In a conference call with liberal and progressive religious leaders Wednesday afternoon, President Obama railed against those who were “bearing false witness” in the debate over health care reform. “I know there's been a lot of misinformation in this debate, and there are some folks out there who are, frankly, bearing false witness, but I want everyone to know what health insurance reform is all about,” the president said. “Thou shalt not bear false witness against your neighbor,” is, of course, one of the Ten Commandments. (It’s the 9th Commandment in all...
  • Senate Democratic Leadership Will Pass Health Care Reform “By Any Legislative Means Necessary”

    08/19/2009 1:24:08 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 164 replies · 8,505+ views
    ABCnews.com - Political Punch ^ | 08/19/09 | Jake Tapper
    Amidst questions of whether or not any Senate Republicans will support a health care reform bill, Jim Manley, spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., today said that the “White House and the Senate Democratic leadership still prefer a bipartisan bill.” The Reid spokesman said that “neither the White House nor the leadership have made a decision to pursue reconciliation,” the somewhat controversial legislative process by which a bill is introduced in such a manner so that it requires merely 50 votes instead of 60 to proceed to a vote, thus removing the threat of filibuster. Manley said that...
  • Zeke Emanuel on Sarah Palin’s Accusation of 'Death Panels': 'It’s An Absolute Outrage'

    08/13/2009 8:08:35 PM PDT · by nomoremods · 68 replies · 2,010+ views
    Political Punch ABC News ^ | 8-13-09 | Jake Tapper
    Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, the health-policy adviser at the White House’s Office of Management and Budget -- who has been caricatured by conservatives as a “Dr. Death” seeking to pull the I.V.s out of your grandparents’ arms in the name of cost containment -- is not happy. Asked by ABC News in an interview about the thoroughly discredited claim by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to paint his philosophical writings as evidence -- along with a provision providing optional end of life counseling in the House Democrats’ health care reform bill -- that President Obama wants to set up “death panels”...
  • WH Disputes Pelosi Contention that Town Hall Protests are "Un-American"(Disinformation steams ahead)

    08/10/2009 7:32:44 PM PDT · by SeattleBruce · 65 replies · 2,197+ views
    Political Punch ^ | 8/10 | Jake Tapper
    The White House disagreed this afternoon with the contention by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, that the disruptions at town hall meetings are "un-American," as the Democratic congressional leaders contended in a USA Today op-ed this morning. "I think there's actually a pretty long tradition of people shouting at politicians in America," White House deputy press secretary Bill Burton told reporters on Air Force One when asked about the comments. "The President thinks that if people want to come and have a spirited debate about health care, a real vigorous conversation about it,...
  • Lost in Translation: Clinton Says She, Not Bill, is the Secretary of State

    08/10/2009 5:07:08 PM PDT · by Nachum · 45 replies · 1,498+ views
    ABC ^ | 8/10/09 | Jake Tapper
    ABC News' Kirit Radia reports: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lost her cool Monday after a Congolese student, speaking through a translator, asked her what "Mr. Clinton" thought about a Chinese trade deal with the Democratic Republic of the Congo. "You want me to tell you what my husband thinks?" Clinton replied, clearly irked by the thought of being her husband Bill's spokeswoman.
  • President's $80 Billion Pharma Deal Was a Scam

    08/08/2009 7:22:07 PM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 6 replies · 730+ views
    ABC News/The Lid ^ | 8/8/09 | The Lid
    Two months ago the POTUS and his Democratic allies announced with great fanfare a health care breakthrough, a deal with the pharmaceutical industry that will save $80 billion dollars. "The agreement reached today to lower prescription drug costs for seniors will be an important part of the legislation I expect to sign into law in December," Obama said in a statement this afternoon. "This is a tangible example of the type of reform that will lower costs while assuring quality health care for every American." The $80 Billion itself was bogus number, $30 billion (over 10 years) of it was...
  • Palin Paints Picture of 'Obama Death Panel' Giving Thumbs Down to Trig

    08/07/2009 7:05:20 PM PDT · by Al B. · 71 replies · 2,626+ views
    abcnews.com ^ | Aug. 7, 2009 | Jake Tapper
    When we last heard from former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin she was -- not without some justification -- beseeching some members of the media to "quit making things up." But in a post on her Facebook Page today, the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee seemed to take some liberties of her own. In a column titled "Statement on the Current Health Care Debate," Palin wrote that as "Americans delve into the disturbing details of the nationalized health care plan that the current administration is rushing through Congress, our collective jaw is dropping, and we’re saying not just no, but hell...
  • Tapper asks Gibbs about Nazi references

    08/07/2009 12:52:16 PM PDT · by HonkyTonkMan · 24 replies · 1,374+ views
    abc blogs ^ | 07-August-2009 | Jake Tapper
    TAPPER:  And just one follow-up, to Ben’s*question about the town hall meetings. This week, there's just been an amplification in terms of the rhetoric.  Some of the protesters against the president's position on health care reform have used Nazi imagery.  A Democratic congressman said that the protesters were using brown shirt tactics.  A Democratic senator called protesters' behavior un-American, although she retracted it.  Rush Limbaugh went on a very long speech yesterday during his radio show in which he compared Democrats to Nazis, the president to Hitler. And I'm wondering if the president has seen any of this, has a...
  • Jake Tapper: Today’s Q’s for O’s WH

    07/27/2009 12:50:58 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies · 614+ views
    ABC News Blogs ^ | July 27, 2009 | Jake Tapper
    TAPPER: Both in terms of this deadline and also the detainee task force deadlines, the group has asked for a two-month and a six- month extension -- six-month extension respectively. Has the president learned any lessons about setting deadlines? GIBBS: Not that I know of, no.
  • WaPo Shocker: President Is Hiding Costs of Obamacare

    07/26/2009 12:17:08 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 58 replies · 311+ views
    WaPo Shocker: President Is Hiding Costs of Obamacare By Noel Sheppard Created 2009-07-26 14:45 What was a terrible week for Barack Obama likely worsened Sunday when the Washington Post editorial board accused the President of withholding from the public the true costs of the healthcare reform he so eagerly seeks. Makes one wonder if the White House will view the Post's criticisms much as former President Lyndon Johnson did Walter Cronkite's 1968 declaration that the Vietnam War was a stalement. With as much as Obama has on the line with this agenda item, these words [1] from the Post have...
  • Obama: "I Don't Break"

    07/24/2009 11:01:08 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 123 replies · 2,820+ views
    ABC News Blogs ^ | July 24, 2009 | Jake Tapper
    President Obama cast out fighting words tonight in the ever-intensifying debate over health care reform. Speaking at a Democratic fundraiser tonight in Chicago, Obama responded to criticism from some in the GOP who have suggested that health care reform could "break" the President. In front of a lively crowd of hometown supporters he said, "Let me tell you something. I'm from Chicago. I don't break." He went on to make his case for health care reform saying it is a "moral imperative" to fix a system in which 46 million Americans are living without health insurance.
  • Leading Blue Dog Democrat: Pelosi Does Not Have the Votes for Health Care Reform

    07/22/2009 3:55:28 PM PDT · by FTJM · 32 replies · 1,641+ views
    ABC News ^ | July 22, 2009 | Jake Tapper and Z. Byron Wolf
    ABC News' Jake Tapper and Z. Byron Wolf report: How is health care reform progressing on Capitol Hill? Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., today insisted everything is smooth sailing with the House bill that would require every American to have health insurance or pay a fine; create a government run health plan to compete with private insurers to drive costs down; and impose an up to 5.4% new tax on top wage-earners. “I have no question that we have the votes on the floor of the House to pass this legislation,” Pelosi told reporters. But a leading conservative...